Weekend agenda, 15/16 September - Monocolumn | Monocle


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15 September 2012

This weekend enjoy an unusual opera in New York, check out Hong Kong’s best new store, and listen out for the new album from New York band Grizzly Bear.


—Einstein on the Beach

In 1976, Robert Wilson and Philip Glass changed musical theatre with Einstein on the Beach. This year has seen it revived for the first time in 20 years, and it will be performed as part of the 30th edition of Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave festival. Divided into four acts, the performance is an abstract collage of the sublime score of Glass, Wilson’s experimental production and dance sequences from choreographer Lucinda Childs.

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. Until 23 September


—Eclectic Cool

After the success of its online retail experience, Joanne Pereira’s Hong Kong-based design blog – Eclectic Cool – is launching its own furniture and design store. It will carry everything from established Danish design brands to limited and one-of-a-kind items sourced from locations ranging from Marrakech to Paris, including vintage furniture, quirky homeware and souvenirs picked up during Pereira’s many trips to Europe and Australia. Pop over for the opening this weekend.

Studio 8, 21/F Harbour Industrial Centre, 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau. Open Wednesday to Saturday 12.00-18.00 and Sunday 12.00-17.00


—Francis West – Voyages

The newbie in town, Piper Gallery is featuring its second exhibition by Scottish artist Francis West. The collection starts off with his early works inspired by the natural beauty of his homeland until his most recent, Méditerranée series, which feature canvases exuding the feeling of the Mediterranean through blue and green colours. Don’t miss an opportunity to view West’s wide range of emotions found in landscape, all conveniently collected in one spot.

The Piper Gallery, 18 Newman Street. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00-18.00. Until 3 October



The brainchild of French entrepreneur Cyril Aouizerate (known for his hotel Mama Shelter and the trendy Fleche d’Or nightclub in Paris), MOB is a healthy restaurant much-needed in a city flooded with patisseries. The recently-opened venue in Paris follows the success of New York’s original Maimonide Of Brooklyn on Atlantic Avenue. Serving vegetarian and vegan food under what Aouizerate defines as a “biocool menu”, the vibrant MOB diner is the place to enjoy salads, soups and even burgers without feeling guilty.

30 Rue Charlot. Open Tuesday to Friday 11.00-15.00, 18.00-21.00. Saturday 11.00-18.00. Tel: +33 1 42 77 51 05


—Grizzly Bear: Shields

New York-based four-piece Grizzly Bear have been combining a cinematic sense of magic with unusual arrangements to gently invigorate guitar music over the past few years. Shields, their fourth album, is another lush, progressive, indulgent listen, with the band still masters of planting choruses that sound like easy-listening classics in the middle of dissonant noise, and main songwriters Daniel Rossen and Edward Droste trading harmonies and musical ideas like two friends having a chat. You can only wonder what an argument might sound like.

Shields is available to buy on Monday


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